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Untamed jungles, vast deserts, strange creatures...what games are set in or inspired by Africa? Let's stick with games about the whole continent or sub-Saharan Africa since there are other lists for Mediterranean/North African/Middle Eastern games.
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1. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:2651]
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We'll start with this light exploration game from Reiner Knizia.
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2. Board Game: Source of the Nile [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2228]
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...and I'll add this older Avalon Hill exploration game. Sounds interesting--how is it?
 
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3. Board Game: Vom Kap bis Kairo [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2036]
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Cross the continent with your railroad in this card game from Adlung.
 
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4. Board Game: Savannah Café [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:8616]
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Cute card game of racing gazelles, lions, and hippos.
 
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5. Board Game: Mancala [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:3063]
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One of the world's oldest games, with many different versions played in Africa and other places. Also known as Oware (or other variations on that spelling).
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6. Board Game: Africa 1880 [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:8073]
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The colonial powers have a Diplomacy-like contest in Africa.
 
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7. Board Game: Afrikan tähti [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:11134]
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Players start in either Cairo or Tangier and explore Africa, trying to find gems. The main objective is to find the legendary giant diamond, Star of Africa. However, when flipping the tokens, players cannot know what they will find: nothing at all, some lesser gemstones or even a robber stealing their money and slowing their progress.
When someone finds the Star of Africa, a race begins. The player with the diamond tries to deliver it back to Cairo or Tangier, other players try to find a horseshoe -- a token discarded with no value before, now a key to victory. Winner is the player who reaches Cairo or Tangier first, carrying either the diamond or a horseshoe.
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8. Board Game: Safari [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:10101]
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Let's go on safari! Each player move the animals around watering holes attempting to collect a set of wooden animals such as giraffes, elephants, chimpanzees, zebras, lions and hippopotami.
 
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9. Board Game: Auf Fotosafari in Ombagassa [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:5247]
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Or would you prefer a photo safari? (Inventor Reinhold Wittig has spent a lot of time in Africa, I've heard.)
 
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10. Board Game: Aura Poku [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:9940]
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Follow the African Queen AURA POKU on its escape from the curse. Expelled from the palace, the people are looking for a new home. They must pay to cross rivers or take the longer detours which they can gain gold. Choose well. It isn't the first to the village who wins, but the player best at crossing rivers, finding gold, keeping their
persecutors at bay and geting the best huts in the new village. Invented by Reinhold Wittig.
 
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11. Board Game: Sansibar [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Sail the coastline of Sansibar and try to collect quadruples of certain goods. Invented by Reinhold Wittig.
 
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12. Board Game: Wabanti [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:7543]
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Each player tries to move the existing structure of game stones in the direction of his side of the board. If a game stone touches the outside of the game field, then the player to whom this side belongs has won. If a corner of the game field is reached, the two players to whom the adjoining sides belong share the win. Invented by Reinhold Wittig.
 
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13. Board Game: Sideshow: The Campaign for German East Africa 1914-1918 [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:6296]
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World War I in German East Africa (now known as Tanzania).
 
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14. Board Game: Kolonial Afrika [Average Rating:5.65 Unranked]
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Shhh! this game is a closely guarded secret so if you know anything about it, be sure not to tell anyone.
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15. Board Game: Safari Jack [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:10226]
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Presumably set in Africa.
 
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16. Board Game: Timbuktu [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1003]
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A great brain-burner.
 
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17. Board Game: Swahili [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
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Based loosely on Mancala.
 
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18. Board Game: Dark Continent [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Never seen this myself.
 
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19. Board Game: Nuba [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:7383]
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Here's one with people.
 
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20. Board Game: Angola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:1331]
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Multiplayer (partnership) wargame.
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21. Board Game: Ta-Ka-Radi [Average Rating:4.61 Unranked]
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The creates of the game claim to have based it on an African game.
 
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22. Board Game: Am Fuß des Kilimandscharo [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:8903]
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"At the base of Kilimanjaro" is apparently the lowest rated Hans im Glück game in the database. Curiously it's by Reiner Knizia, but to be fair, it is intended for children.
 
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23. Board Game: Heart of Africa [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:8555]
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A new addition from Phalanx.
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24. Board Game: Lion of Ethiopia [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3735]
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The Italian invasion of Ethiopia in the lead-up to World War II.
 
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25. Board Game: Lion of Ethiopia [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3735]
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The Italian invasion of Ethiopia in the lead-up to World War II.
 
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